What Makes CBD Beneficial Against Inflammation? April 13, 2020 – Posted in: CBD Research

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, was first discovered in 1942 by the American chemist, Roger Adams. Twenty-one years later, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam identified the stereochemistry of CBD. By the 1980s, it started to make its way into the medical field and CBD’s healing properties were thoroughly examined through a variety of different tests and studies. 

Ever since then, CBD has been one of the most talked-about chemical compounds yet one of the least-understood chemical compounds among consumers. It has received a lot of attention- in a very good way.

CBD is known for offering a variety of benefits to the body, but one of the biggest benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties. Everyone can use help dealing with inflammation- whether they know it or not.

Defining Inflammation

Inflammation plays a vital role in the body’s immune system. It’s our body’s response to injury and helps to repair damaged tissue, while also protecting the area from harmful viruses or bacteria. It is highly beneficial in the short-term, but chronic inflammation has been linked to several different diseases. 

Most people will experience pain throughout the inflammation stage, but symptoms will also include swelling, a rise in temperature, or redness in the affected area. In a traditional setting, doctors would prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help ease the inflammation. 

Unfortunately, many people aren’t willing to take these medications due to various potential side effects. This is where CBD steps in.

How Can CBD Help?

While we know that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory chemical compound, more studies and research are needed in regards to how exactly they work or which products are best for certain conditions.

The body uses eicosanoids, which are signaling molecules, to start up the inflammatory response. One of those eicosanoid enzymes, called COX2, is a major target for medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. 

CBD is actually able to inhibit the enzyme and effectively reduce inflammation as effectively as any pill. In addition to that, CBD will fight to reduce inflammation by reducing the pro-inflammatory cytokines in the body resulting in a multi-pronged attack against inflammation. 

Some studies are starting to point to terpenes, which are found in the cannabis plant. They work well with cannabinoids by increasing their bioavailability and opening the pain receptors in the body. 

What Do the Experts Say?

CBD has been getting a lot more attention in the past few years. A federal law was recently passed, making it legal to grow hemp in the US. That was a major step in the right direction for this industry, making it legal to extract and use hemp-derived CBD. 

A study in 2008 proved that CBD helped prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes in mice. A study in 2013 showed it could protect against inflammation in mice with multiple sclerosis, while another one in 2013 claimed it to be beneficial for bowel diseases. 

There was a clinical trial in 2017 that proved CBD safe to use when directions are followed. While we’ve learned how beneficial it is, there’s still much more to learn about it. 

Dr. Michael Verbora, MD said it best:

“CBD is known to be an anti-inflammatory and it is likely one of the safest medicines to provide such an effect. One of the challenges is we don’t know what dose can alleviate what anti-inflammatory or immune-related conditions.”

References

“How CBD Affects The Skin ?” CBDCI, 27 Aug. 2019, www.cbd.ci/skin-care/how-cbd-affects-the-skin/.

Tennant, Laura. “CBD for Inflammation: What We Know So Far.” Leafly, 14 Feb. 2020, www.leafly.com/news/cbd/cbd-for-inflammation-science.